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PRAL NOLA Flambeaux Awards

The Public Relations Association of Louisiana New Orleans Chapter (PRAL Nola) recognizes outstanding work in the field of public relations through its 2nd Annual Flambeaux Awards program honoring individual professionals, campaign work and student work.

The entries are judged on their individual merit by nationwide PR practitioners.

The Flambeaux awards program offers a trio of awards recognizing individual PR practitioners along with two levels of recognition for campaigns and student work - a Certificate of Merit and a Flambeaux Award. New this year, the program will honor a Trailblazer of the Year chosen on his/her merit in the industry by the PRAL Nola Board.

Call for entries begins Tuesday, October 9thThe deadline for entries in the 2019 Flambeaux Awards program is Tuesday, November 6th at midnight. Eligible entries must have been produced between Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and Friday, August 31, 2018.

Winning entries will be announced at a banquet Thursday, January 17, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional entries submitted, will be $50 per entry and student entries submitted are free. 

All materials will be submitted via an emailed PDF; NO binders will be accepted.

Please note, winners will be notified by December 10, 2018 or immediately thereafter.

See below for categories, criteria and tips. Those who recently entered the SPRF Lantern awards can enhance Flambeaux entries by integrating judges’ feedback and re-submitting those edited entries for a Flambeaux Award.

If you have any questions, please contact PRAL Awards Co-Chairs Darcee Snider or Claire Cummings at pralneworleansawards@gmail.com

 

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

All entries must fit into one of the many categories listed below.

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE:

Complete cover page here: PRAL Flambeaux Awards Cover Page and submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections.

The Awards of Excellence program honors current PRAL NOLA members who demonstrate the high ideals of the profession and success throughout the year and their careers. It is your opportunity to nominate a colleague (or yourself!) for recognition in the categories below:

Ember Award - Rising Professional (3 years or less)

Spark Award - Professional of the Year (4-5 years in the industry)

Flame Award - Practitioner of the Year (5+ years in the industry)

Please save PDF submission as: Last Name_AwardCategory_Company                     

Submit completed entries to PRAL Awards Co-Chairs Darcee Snider or Claire Cummings at pralneworleansawards@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 6th at midnight and pay for your submission here: Submission Payment via Eventbrite

Ember Award - Rising Professional
The PRAL NOLA Rising Professional Award recognizes
potential in the field of public relations in a young public relations practitioner who has achieved overall success at the beginning of a career. This award honors a member of PRAL NOLA who demonstrates the ideals of the profession and shows outstanding potential/initial professional success. To qualify, the nominee must:

  • Be a member or student in good standing with the chapter
  • Have practiced in the field of PR for less than three years or be a student currently enrolled in
  • a PR curriculum
  • Have participated in PR community service
  • Demonstrate considerable promise in the field of PR

 Submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections:

  • Biography and Resume -The biography should be written in a narrative style and include educational and professional background. The resume should be no more than two pages.
  • Accomplishment/Advancement
  • Community Activities/Professional Activities
  • Letter of Recommendation from a fellow PRAL NOLA member

Spark Award - Practitioner of the Year
PRAL NOLA invites chapter members
to nominate public relations professionals for the PRAL NOLA Practitioner of the Year Award. The practitioner of the year award recognizes an individual for career achievements during the calendar year. It is being established to honor members of PRAL NOLA who demonstrate the high ideals of the profession and specific success during a one-year period. To qualify, the nominee must:

  • Be a member in good standing with PRAL NOLA
  • Have practiced in the field of public relations for no less than 5 years
  • Have contributed to the success of the chapter, state and/or SPRF during the calendar year
  • Have achieved success in the practice or teaching of public relations during the calendar year

 Submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections:

  • Biography and Resume -The biography should be written in a narrative style and include educational and professional background. The resume should be no more than two pages.
  • Significant Career Accomplishment/Advancement during the calendar year
  • Professional Activities
  • Accreditation and Continuing Education
  • Community Activities
  • Letter of Recommendation from a fellow PRAL NOLA member

Flame Award - Professional Achievement
PRAL NOLA chapter members
are encouraged to nominate public relations professionals for the PRAL NOLA Professional Achievement Award. The professional achievement award recognizes an individual for career achievements over a period of years. It is established to honor members of PRAL NOLA who continually demonstrate the highest ideals of the professional as well as a commitment to advance the profession of public relations. To qualify, the nominee must:

  • Be a member in good standing with PRAL NOLA
  • Have practiced in the field of public relations for no less than 10 years
  • Have contributed to the success of the chapter, state and/or SPRF for multiple years
  • Have participated in leadership roles in other professional or pre-professional organizations
  • Have participated in public relations community service
  • Have achieved recognized successes in the practice or teaching of public relations during career
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to continuing professional education

 Submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections:

  • Biography and Resume -The biography should be written in a narrative style and include educational and career background. The resume should be no more than two pages.
  • Career Accomplishments
  • Professional Activities
  • Accreditation and Continuing Education
  • Community Activities
  • Letter of Recommendation from a fellow PRAL NOLA member

 

CAMPAIGNS:

Campaign categories are open to all PR professionals, not just PRAL NOLA members.

Complete cover page here: PRAL Flambeaux Awards Cover Page and submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections.

The titled section/submission requirements are below:

  • Research = up to 500 words/3,500 characters
  • Planning = up to 250 words/1,175 characters
  • Implementation = up to 500 words/3,500 characters
  • Evaluation = up to 250 words/1,175 characters
  • Supporting Documents = 1-3 documents 

Research: Summarize the situation and/or provide information gathered through formal and informal research methods. Provide the judges with information about your organization/client and the impetus for the project. 500 words or 3,500 characters maximum

Planning: Discuss the overall strategy and identify goals, objectives and key publics. How were the objectives specific, measurable and audience-specific? 250 words or 1,750 characters maximum

Implementation: Describe your work and discuss the tactics used to achieve the stated objectives. Include timeline and budget information. Demonstrate how your efforts were creative, exemplary or otherwise worthy of recognition. 500 words or 3,500 characters maximum

Evaluation: Identify research methods used to evaluate the success of the campaign/project during and after. Did the campaign/project achieved its objectives? If project had limitations, how were they overcome? Did the project stay within timeline and budget? If this was a pro bono project, give a value for the hours donated, etc. 250 words or 1,750 characters maximum

Supporting Documents: Please include supporting documentation and project materials for the judges’ review. These materials supplement your project/campaign submission. Each entry must include one supporting document, but no more than three are allowed. A maximum of 6 total pages of supporting documents are allowed.

Please adhere to the above requirements.

Please save PDF submission as: Last Name_Category_Name of Company_TitleofEntry                               

Submit completed entries to PRAL Awards Co-Chairs Darcee Snider or Claire Cummings at pralneworleansawards@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 6th at midnight and pay for your submission here: Submission Payment Via EventBrite

If you have multiple submissions, each submission should be a separate PDF file including cover page but can be sent in the same email.

Campaign Categories:

Media: Programs developed to build relationships with journalists and news organizations or secure ongoing media coverage.

Social Media Management: creative and results-oriented use of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest

Special Events: Programs or events with special activities where public relations played an integral part.

Crisis Communications/Issue Management: Programs implemented to deal with an unplanned event requiring immediate response.

Digital: websites, intra-web, mobile applications.

Overall/Integrated Campaign: Campaigns exhibiting multiple PR strategies and tactics in a creative, effective and integrated manner.

 

STUDENT SUBMISSIONS:

A campaign or project utilizing ONE of the following PR tactics effectively.

Media: Programs developed to build relationships with journalists and news organizations or secure ongoing media coverage.

Social Media Management: creative and results-oriented use of social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest

Special Events: Programs or events with special activities where public relations played an integral part.

Crisis Communications/Issue Management: Programs implemented to deal with an unplanned event requiring immediate response.

Digital: websites, intra-web, mobile applications.

Overall/Integrated Campaign: Campaigns exhibiting multiple PR strategies and tactics in a creative, effective and integrated campaign.

Student Submission Requirements:

Complete cover page here: PRAL Flambeaux Awards Cover Page and submit all materials as one PDF document with titled sections.

The titled section/submission requirements are below:

  • Research = up to 500 words/3,500 characters
  • Planning = up to 250 words/1,175 characters
  • Implementation = up to 500 words/3,500 characters
  • Evaluation = up to 250 words/1,175 characters
  • Supporting Documents = 1-3 documents 

Research: Summarize the situation and/or provide information gathered through formal and informal research methods. Provide the judges with information about your organization/client and the impetus for the project. 500 words or 3,500 characters maximum

Planning: Discuss the overall strategy and identify goals, objectives and key publics. How were the objectives specific, measurable and audience-specific? 250 words or 1,750 characters maximum

Implementation: Describe your work and discuss the tactics used to achieve the stated objectives. Include timeline and budget information. Demonstrate how your efforts were creative, exemplary or otherwise worthy of recognition. 500 words or 3,500 characters maximum

Evaluation: Identify research methods used to evaluate the success of the campaign/project during and after. Did the campaign/project achieve its objectives? If project had limitations, how were they overcome? Did the project stay within timeline and budget? If this was a pro bono project, give a value for the hours donated, etc. 250 words or 1,750 characters maximum

Supporting Documents: Please include supporting documentation and project materials for the judges’ review. These materials supplement your project/campaign submission. Each entry must include one supporting document, but no more than three are allowed. A maximum of 6 total pages of supporting documents are allowed.

Please adhere to the above requirements.

Please save PDF submission as: Last Name_Category_School_TitleofSubmission

Submit completed entries to PRAL Awards Co-Chairs Darcee Snider or Claire Cummings at pralneworleansawards@gmail.com by Tuesday, November 6th at midnight.

There is no fee for student submissions.

Please be sure to note that it is a Student Submission in the submission email.

If you have multiple submissions, each submission should be a separate PDF file including cover page but can be sent in the same email.

 

HOW ENTRIES ARE JUDGED:

Numerical values are assigned to each of the sections of the entry. A panel of public relations practitioners will use these values during an evaluation and selection to determine the winner from among the nominees. For individual awards of excellence the Biography and Resume and the Letter of Recommendation sections are not rated, but gives the judges a clear picture of the candidate’s accomplishments and allows the nominee to insert some creativity in the narrative/essay format.

 

Flambeaux Award Winners 2016: 

Special Event or Observance

Certificate of Merit – Hope for Habitat: Katrina X – Kim Bergeron Productions

Flambeaux Award – The Inaugural Fried Chicken Festival 2016 – The Spears Group

 Integrated Social Media Programs

Certificate of Merit – St. Tammany Energy Project – Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald (BMF)

Flambeaux Award – Windsor Court Social Media Strategy – DEVENEY

 Internal Communication Campaign

Flambeaux Award – Barriere Construction One Barriere Internal Communications and Marketing Campaign – Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald (BMF)

 Crisis Communication Campaign

Flambeaux Award – Puerto Vallarta Tourism Cruise Port Open Despite Civil Unrest – HUB

 Media Relations Campaign

Flambeaux Award – Arts Council New Orleans – LUNA Fete 2015 – DEVENEY

 Website

Flambeaux Award – RightBrainDiaries.com – Kim Bergeron Productions

 PR/Marketing Campaign

Certificate of Merit – University Medical Center New Orleans – The Future of Healthcare is Here - DEVENEY

Certificate of Merit – B.B. King Grand Opening – Gambel Communications

Flambeaux Award – Beignet Fest Launch – Gambel Communications 

Potpourri

Flambeaux Award – Four Seasons Hotel/World Trade Center Building Litigation Communication – Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald

Practitioner of the Year

  • 2017: Carrie Devries, APR
  • 2016: Cory Cart, APR
  • 2015: Allison Gouaux, APR
  • 2014: Christine Rigamer, APR
  • 2013: Linzy Cotaya, APR

Rising Professional

  • 2016: Alicia Haefele, APR
  • 2015: Gretchen Hirt
  • 2014: Bridget Cloud
  • 2013: Alexandra Wommack

Professional Achievement Award

  • 2016: Aleis Tusa, APR (PRAL State Winner, SPRF finalist)
  • 2015: Mary Mouton
  • 2014: John Deveney, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, IABC Fellow
  • 2013: Amy Nolan, APR
  • 2012: Virginia Miller

 

Senior Practitioner Award

  • 2016: Cory Cart, APR (SPRF Winner)
  • 2016: Christine Rigamer, APR (SPRF Winner)
  • 2015: Carrie DeVries, APR
  • 2012: Shelley Elliott (SPRF Winner)
  • 2012: Virginia Miller (SPRF Winner)

Educator of the Year

  • 2015: Valerie Andrews
  • 2012: Dr. Cathy Rogers (PPRALState)